18 children died by India-made cough syrup in Uzbekistan

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Uzbekistan has said that at least 18 children in the country have died after taking an India-manufactured cough syrup.

The health ministry of Uzbekistan in a statement said that the children who died had consumed cough syrup Doc-1 Max – manufactured by Noida-based Marion Biotech in India.

The laboratory tests of a batch of syrups found the presence of ethylene glycol, a toxic substance, the ministry said. The syrup was given to children at home as an anti-cold remedy.

This is the second time in a year that India-manufactured cough syrups have come under the scanner. Earlier this year, deaths of 70 children in Gambia were linked to cough syrups manufactured by Indian state Haryana-based Maiden Pharmaceuticals.—INP